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Coupon Craziness 13.5

I did do a little bargain hunting beyond my K-mart trips this week, but didn’t get a ton.

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At Walgreens on Monday, I bought:

  • 3  12-pks of 7-up/sunkist – 3/$11 – (2) $1.00 IP – $5 RR = 3/$4!!
  • 3 Reach toothbrushes – $1.79 – $0.80 WAG Q – $1/1 MFQ = FREE!!!
  • Dawn Dish Soap – $1.99 – $1.00 WAG Q – $0.50/1 MFQ from Year of Savings booklet = $0.49

Total Regular Price – $22.33

Sale Price w/WAG Q – $14.96

Less MFQ – $5.50

Total OOP – $9.46

Less RR earned – $5.00

Total Trip Cost – $4.46

** note– I removed the bottle deposit from this transaction as I will get it back when they are returned.

I also made a quick stop at Rite Aid for diapers.

Huggies jumbo pack – $8.99 – $1.50/1 IP – $3 SCR = $4.49 – $0.75 Caregivers Marketplace rebate – $3.74!!  I think this is an all time record!

Tota

April 23, 2009 Posted by | coupon craziness | , , | Leave a comment

Coupon Craziness 13 – The $2 Super Doubles Edition

Whooo boy was this a week for deals!

My first stop was a K-mart on Sunday for $2.00 super doubles.  Traverse City NEVER does super doubles.  I was soooo excited.

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I bought:

  • 1 Dove Body Wash – $4.79 – $2/1 = $0.79
  • 1 Kotex Pantyliner – $1.29 – $0.75/1 doubled to price = FREE!
  • 2 Aveeno Baby Wash – $4.79 – $2/1 IP = $0.79 each
  • 2 Secret Flawless Deodorants – $4.49 – $2/1 = $0.49 each
  • 2 Hershey Cacao truffles – $2.69 – $1/1 = $0.69 each
  • 1 Energizer Battery (CR2032) for scale in bathroom – $7.19 – $1/1 = $5.19
  • 4 Soleil Razors – 4pk – $5.29 – $2/1 = $1.29 each
  • 2 Huggies Jumbo packs – $9.99 – $1.50/1 = $6.99 each – $0.75 Caregivers Marketplace Rebate.
  • 1 Dove Deodorant – $2.50 – $1/1 – $0.50
  • 2 Vaseline Lotions – $2.50 – $1/1 = $0.50 each
  • 1 Vaseline Lotions – $2.50 – $0.75/1 = $1.00 each
  • 6 Suave Shampoos – $1.25 – $1/2 (only doubled to $1.25 –the price of one) – $0.63 each
  • 1 Suave Deodorant – $1.67 – $1.50/1 (didn’t double, not sure why) – $0.17 each

Total Regular Price -$116.50

Total Sale Price – $104.10

Total Coupons – $32.75

Total Match – $28.79

Total OOP – $42.55

Savings – 63%

Not my best but the batteries were an expensive (but necessary) addition.   AND I got enough of a good deal on Unilever stuff to meet the $40 minimum for $20 back on my turkey for Easter.   Yippee!!!

I went back on Monday because I hit my 25 coupon limit halfway through my pile on Sunday.   I had to go out to Acme for my Monday Mommy Group and left early to stop there and hit the last half of my list.   It’s been a long time since I’ve been there and I was surprised at how much nicer an experience I had there.   It was clean, well-lit and it helped that my checkout lady was a couponer herself 🙂

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I bought:

  • 2 Rubbermaid LidFinder containers – on clearance for $2.00 each – $1/1 MFQ = FREE!!!  And they are the size I ALWAYS need more of even though I bought the giant set.
  • All 2x Free – $4.79 on sale – $1/1 MFQ = $2.79
  • All Small & Mighty – $4.79 on sale – $0.40/1 MFQ = $3.99
  • 4 jumbo packs of Huggies Supreme/Gentle Care diapers = $9.99 – $1.50/1 MFQ = $6.99 – Caregivers Marketplace rebate = $6.24
  • 4 packs of Huggies wipes (various) – $2.50 – $0.75/1 MGQ = $1.00 each!
  • 4 Marcel toilet paper 4 packs – $2.89 – $1/1 MFQ = Free!!!   Apparently the coupon came up with the whole package being free instead of $1.00 off and the lady couldn’t change it if she wanted to 🙂
  • 1 Jet Dry rinse Agent – $4.99 – $0.40/1 MFQ = $4.19
  • 2 Ziplock Quart Freezer bags – $2.50 – $1/2 MFQ = $1.50 each

I also bought 4 packs of Kotex Lightdays and I had 2 $1.50/2 coupons which don’t appear to be on there and a Ziplock baggie coupon for $0.55/1 that isn’t on there either.  Huh.   Arggg.   Airhead alert.  I never GAVE her the lightdays coupons.    I guess I’m going to return them and see if the other k-mart still has some, but I doubt it.  I think I bought the last ones Sunday.

April 22, 2009 Posted by | coupon craziness | , | 1 Comment

Grocery Trips

Nothing huge for me this week as far as groceries were concerned.  I bought some meat and a few things that were on sale for a good price, but I only used one coupon.   I went over $75 this week, but I think I was WAAY under last week, so we are okay.   I think.

At Meijers:

  • Spanish Rice – $1.46
  • Italian Bread – $1.89
  • Pepperoni – $1.89 (6oz)
  • Kool-aid (24 pkts) – $0.20 each
  • 1/2 Gal. milk – $2.59
  • Olives – $2.99
  • Kashi Crackers – $3.19
  • Something labeled Rice on the receipt that I can’t recall right now – $3.79
  • Mini-Sub Buns – 2/$4
  • 9 Goldfish Crackers – $1.09 each!
  • Tortillas – 2/$3.00
  • 2 Meijer Organic Graham Crackers – $3.79 each
  • 4.4 lbs Ground Beef – $9.96
  • Cheese Crumbles on clearance – $2.03

Total Regular Price – $74.72

Total Sale Price – $60.18

Less Bottle Returns – $0.70

Total OOP – $59.48

Savings – 20%

Not bad considering I didn’t really have much on my list that was on sale.

At Glen’s I got

  • Johnsonville Brats – $3.99 – $0.55/1 Q = $3.44
  • 8 cans DelMonte Veggies – 4/$3  = $6.00
  • 2 Purex Detergent – $2.99 each

Total Regular Price – $23.17

Total Sale Price – $19.33

Less Coupons – $0.55

Total OOP – $15.78

Savings – 32%

I noticed some Cascade on clearance.  I might have to go back if I find my cascade coupons.

April 21, 2009 Posted by | grocery shopping | , , | Leave a comment

Belated Menu Plan Monday

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I’m a little behind this week.  Preparing, planning and drooling over the possibilities of $2 Super Doubles at K-mart, plus mommy group and a mommy’s night out yesterday kind of messed me up.

Monday – Spaghetti w/Hot Italian Sausage

Tuesday – Soft Tacos w/Refried beans & Spanish Rice

Wednesday – LO Spaghetti

Thursday – LO Tacos

Friday – Breakfast for dinner.  Not sure what yet.   I have 3 dozen eggs.   They will play a role of some sort :).

Saturday – Pizza

Sunday – Johnsonville Brats, Tuna Salad and Baked Beans.  Yum!

What are you having this week?   Need ideas?   Go to OrgJunkie.com for more great meal ideas.

April 21, 2009 Posted by | Menu Plan Monday | | Leave a comment

Spring K-Mart Coupon Book

At K-Mart I found the Spring is Savings Season beauty coupon book.   In MY K-mart, they were on the bottom shelf of the books.   These are the coupons in the book:

  • $2/3 greeting cards (excludes $0.99 cards)
  • $5/1 PUR flavor option products
  • $1/1 Tide 150-oz. liquid or 95-120 load powder
  • $1/1 Luv’s big pack
  • $1/1 4-oz. Purina busy Chewnola Chew Treat –only at K-Mart
  • $1/1 6-oz. Purina Beggin Dog Snack–only at K-Mart
  • $1/2 2.1-oz. Purina Friskies Party Mix — only at K-mart
  • $0.50/4 5.5-oz. cans Purina Friskies Selects Indoor — only at K-mart
  • $0.75/1 Right Guard product
  • $1/1 Nature made vitamins/supplements
  • $1/1 metamucil or fibersure product
  • $1/1 sally hansen bleach, was or hair remover product
  • $1/1 Kiss artificial nail product
  • $1/1 Nailene, Fing’rs or Fing’rs edge nail care item — only at K-mart
  • $1/1 Sally Hansen Nail Color
  • $1/1 Coty Airspun Product
  • $0.75/1 Max Factor 2000 Calorie Extreme Mascara or Vivid Impact Lip Color
  • $0.75/1 CoverGirl Simply Ageless Foundation
  • $1/1 Maybelline New York Lash Stiletto Mascara — says only at K-mart but is MFG Q — YMMV.
  • $1/1 any Rimmel product
  • $1/1 all Prestige products
  • $1.50/1 13.5-oz. Dove Body Lotion
  • $1.00/1 8.5-oz Dove Body Lotion & 2.5-oz. Cream Oil Hand lotion
  • $1/1 Scar Zone – says only at K-mart but is MFG Q – YMMV.
  • $1/1 Jergens Moisturizer (7.5-oz+) or Jergens Natural Glow Moisturizer Face (2+ oz) or Body (4+ oz)
  • $1/1 Olay Body Wash
  • $1.50/1 Caress Body Wash or Beauty Bar (8-pk +)
  • $5/1 Crest Whitestrips
  • $1.50/1 Select Coty Fragrances over $14.99
  • $2/2 Sunsilk Products (excl. trial and travel size)
  • $1/1 John Frieda Collection Products
  • $2/1 Biore Skin Preservation product
  • $1/2 Ban Anti-Persperent/deodorants
  • $1/1 any Biore product
  • $10/1 Phillips Sonicare Essence, Elite, HealthyWhite or Flexcare Toothbrushes  – says k-mart, but is MFG Q – YMMV
  • $10/1 Phillips Norelco 8200 Series, Nivea for Men or Arcitec Razors – says k-mart, but is MFG Q – YMMV

Go get one before they are gone!

April 17, 2009 Posted by | coupon craziness | , | Leave a comment

Coupon Craziness 12

I did pretty well this week with a minimum of trips…we got out the door by 7:30am!

Sorry, no pics this week. To flustered–Bones was home sick on shopping day so I didn’t do my normal routine.

At Walgreens, I made 3 trips.
Trip #1 –
3 6×9 bubble mailers – 3/$1 with WGQ
3 8×11.5 bubble mailers – 3/$1 with WGQ
2 Skippy peanut butters – 2/$3.69 – (2) $0.40/1Q = $1.45 each
1 pack of Scuncci pony tail holders – $2 – $2RR = free!

Total value – $10.46
Total sale price & WGQ- $7.69
Less MFG coupons – $0.80
Total OOP – $6.89
Less RR earned – $2.00
Total trip cost – $4.89
Savings – 53%

I used ECB’s from last week to pay for this.

Trip #2-
1 colgate maxfresh toothbrush – $3.29 – $1/1Q (from Smile Club) – $3.50RR = $1.21MM!
3 6×9 bubble mailers – 3/$1 with WGQ
3 8.5×11 bubble mailers 3/$1 with WGQ

Total regular price – $7.76
Total sale & WGC price – $5.29
Less MFG coupons – $1.00
Total OOP – $4.29
Less RR earned – $3.50
Total trip cost – $0.79
Savings – 90%!!

Trip #3-

1 Colgate MaxWhite toothbrush – $3.29 – $1/1Q (from Smile Club) – $3.50RR = $1.21MM!

1 pack of Scuncci pony tail holders – $2 – $2RR = free!

Total regular price – $5.29
Less MFG coupons – $1.00
Total OOP – $4.29
Less RR earned – $5.50
Total trip cost – $1.21 MM!!
Savings – 123%!!!

I also went to Rite Aid for some good deals. I bought:

1 huggies baby wipe 40 ct pack – $1.49 – $1.00SCR = $0.49
1 softsoap – $0.99 – $0.35/1Q = $0.64
6 suave shampoos & conditioners – $0.99 each – (2) $1.75/3Q = $0.44 each
3 kotex pantyliners – $0.99 – (3) $0.75/1Q = $0.24 each
2 loreal bare naturals cosmetics – BOGO – $15.25 – $2/1Q – $5SCR – $5/$25Q = $2.63 each
2 maybelline mascaras – BOGO 1/2 off – $4.99 & $2.49 – (2) $1/1Q – $3.00SCR = 1.24 each

Total regular price – $59.77
Total sale price – $34.12
Less coupons – $15.10
Total OOP – $19.02
Less SCR – $9.00
Total trip cost – $10.02
Savings- 83!

April 16, 2009 Posted by | coupon craziness | , , | Leave a comment

Coupons in Rite Aid Beauty Handbook – Spring 09

I bought a copy of the Rite Aid Beauty Handbook for this season and while it had some high dollar coupons, I didn’t find them to be terribly valuable.

Anyway, here they are:

$2.00 off any VEET product – I don’t see an expiration date…

$2.00 off any Clearasil Ultra product – Ditto expiration date.

$1.00 off any Clearasil StayClear product – ditto expiration date.

$1.00 off any Hershey Bliss chocolate – Exp 6/30/09.

$1.00 off any SmoothAway Hair Removal System – Exp. 7/31/09.

The magazine is $0.99 so unless you really like the articles (there IS one about couponing) keep in mind that the coupons probably aren’t going to make it worth your while to buy it unless you frequent one of these products.   Me?   I’m taking the Bliss coupon to Easter candy clearance to at least get my $$ out of this mag.

April 15, 2009 Posted by | coupon craziness | , | Leave a comment